NOSEY: Greetings, cybernuts! This is I.B. Nosey, your official unofficial reporter. Today I’m coming to you from the apartment of *squints to read name beneath mailbox* Julie Coulter Bellon and she’s--
*Door flies open and a gallon bucket of water splashes through. Nosey shrieks and leaps aside*
NOSEY: Watch it, lady! You’ll short out my mike!
JCB: *stomps foot* Don’t just stand there! Help me put out this fire!
NOSEY: Fire? *wanders inside as JCB races back through hallway* Shouldn’t the fellas who drive the big red truck be called?
JCB: It’s just a kitchen fire. *grabs up extinguisher and sprays foam in the direction of pan atop stove* Save my book. It’s on the table over there.
NOSEY: *picks up book, glances over it, and raises brows* Ashes Ashes, eh?
JCB: I think that’s done it. *lowers extinguisher* This is just a bit too realistic for my Sophia.
JCB: My heroine. Read the blurb off the book.
NOSEY: Oh, right. Are you ever really innocent until proven guilty? Sophia Naziri is wanted for questioning in the murder of a U.S. senator. She’s worried the police will show up on her doorstep any moment, but when Detective Colby Black appears, it’s to help her put out a kitchen fire, not take her in. Yet. *pauses* She caused this fire? *chuckles* How? By trying her hardest to recreate some Gum Drop Island fudge, but -um, obviously hasn’t conquered the knack.
JCB: No, but that’s very close. She was making fry bread and a newspaper headline caught her attention because it had to do with the murder she’s wanted for. She turned her back for just a second and well, everything spun out of control. *bats lashes at Nosey* I’m sure you can relate to that, right, I.B.?
NOSEY: Huh? *starts* Er…um…that is, hey, what was that about a newspaper headline and *gulps* murder?
JCB: As was stated, a U.S. senator was murdered and ended up in the trunk of the car Sophia was driving. So she’s wanted for questioning as to the why.
NOSEY: If you ask me, that’s a good question.
JCB: But I didn’t.
JCB: Ask you.
JCB: She thinks that’s why Detective Colby Black appears. *waves hand* Read on. You’ll learn more about him.
NOSEY: Yeah, right. Okay. *clears throat* His easy smile and persistence in getting to know her pushes all her troubles to the back of her mind, until a hit man tracks her down. *whistles* Who sends the hit man?
JCB: A very bad man. I can’t mention his name because that’d ruin the surprise!
NOSEY: *gazes around kitchen* Might get a surprise when they turn up here, too.
JCB: *sighs* Her cooking skills, or lack thereof, is not what intrigues Colby. And the way to find out what intrigues him is for you to continue reading.
NOSEY: Sure. I’m intrigued by what intrigues Colby, heh heh.
JCB: *rolls eyes* Whatever.
NOSEY: Ahem. Picking up the narrative: Getting arrested becomes the least of Sophia’s worries and the handsome detective could be her only way out if she tells him the truth. Colby Black’s sniper skills have been a blessing and a curse to him. As a member of a Hostage Negotiation Team, he can use them to save people, but sometimes he can’t protect the innocent despite his best efforts. When a hostage situation goes bad, he tries to put it behind him by helping out his mysterious next-door neighbor, Sophia Naziri. *looks up* How did that hostage situation ‘go bad’?
JCB: So many questions! You certainly are nosy, aren’t you?
NOSEY: *puffs out chest* That’s my name. Questions are my game, heh heh.
JCB: *slaps forehead with palm of hand* How could I forget? Care for a cup of coffee?
NOSEY: Don’t plug that pot in a wet socket, lady!
JCB: *makes face* Oh, all right. I like cold frappuccino better anyway. *opens bottle and then leans against counter* To answer your nosy question - a hostage situation gone bad is all that it implies. You know, death and mayhem. *shakes head* Poor Colby.
NOSEY: *stares at charred pot atop stove* And poor Colby if he expects a gourmet meal.
JCB: Well, this isn’t Gum Drop Island. Life isn’t all about gingerbread shrubs and licorice trees, you know.
NOSEY: *raises brows* How come?
JCB: Because this is about Sophia and Colby. Shall I finish? *grabs book from Nosey and reads* But she pulls Colby into a web of lies and conspiracy that will force him to use every skill he has in order to survive. Faced with the moment of truth, can he trust anyone around him including the woman at the center of it all?
NOSEY: Uh oh. And what is that ‘moment of truth’?
JCB: *gives wicked smile* You’ll have to read the book to find out!
NOSEY: But if all this *waves arms to encompass surroundings* drama happens to Sophia, why is Colby so persistent in trying to get to know her?
JCB: Well, he’s intrigued by her. She needs his help but doesn’t want it. She’s beautiful and strong, but is obviously hiding something. It’s an irresistible combination for a detective!
NOSEY: No fooling? *mutters* I bet Heathcliff would.
JCB: *laughs* That possum is one tough character, for sure.
NOSEY: So. *sidesteps puddle on floor* What about you? You like to cook?
JCB: Let’s just say that I love to write. International romantic suspense novels because *dreamy expression crosses face* I get to travel to distant lands to research and add an authentic feel to all my books. My favorite cities are, so far, Athens, Paris, Ottawa, and London. Know what my goal in life is? You’ll find this interesting, Nosey. My goal is to find the perfect hiding spot for my Canadian chocolate stash.
NOSEY: *gasps* What stash? I have a feeling -and my sniffing-out-the-news-nose knows that your so-called stash is none other than stolen delectable delights from Gum Drop Island!
JCB: *clutches pearls* Well, I NEVER! My dear sweet mother sends me care packages of delectable Canadian candy to keep my sanity. *sniffs* I have never stolen so much as a chocolate chip OR a gum drop.
JCB: I’ve earned a Secondary Education, English teaching degree from Brigham Young University and I’ve taught a journalism course there for 14 years. That experience got me in the habit of reading multiple newspapers every day and staying on the cutting edge of current events and world news - which is where I get my story ideas. So you see I’m too busy to go around stealing any candy from anywhere.
NOSEY: Well. *gives grudging shrug* What about that ‘cutting edge’ stuff? Doesn’t that shred your little tootsies?
JCB: I’m Canadian, so we’re extra tough. No problems there.
*Pounding knock sounds at door. Voice calls out* Open up!
NOSEY: Who’s there?
JCB: That’s Colby. *opens door and hero storms inside. He stops, glares at Nosey and points finger*
Colby Black: What are you doing here?
NOSEY: *glances around* Obviously looking for an exit, pal.
JCB: What’s wrong, Colby?
Colby Black: Read the beginning of that blurb again. It says that when the kitchen fire starts Colby Black appears - NOT this fool.
JCB: You’re so right, Colby. It does say that.
*Hero marches toward Nosey. Nosey shrieks and backs against edge of table. Hero lunges, misses, and Nosey streaks out doorway*
Colby Black: *on radio* Team, we’ve got an escaping target. Do whatever it takes to capture him. I want him pronto! What? His crime? Let me tell you, it tops the list. It’s absolutely insufferable. That long-nosed reporter dared to impersonate a hero!
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Nosey, I swear, if you ever WEREN'T at the wrong place at the wrong time, I think I'd faint. I would ask if you worked hard at it but I know it's just natural talent. Hey Julie! If I start a kitchen fire,will you send Colby over?
lol So much happening in this interview - lots of fun and Ashes Ashes sounds like a great read. Thanks for posting about this book, Nosey! And, Julie, good luck to you on your continued success as an author!
Another good interview, I.B. and such a lovely lady you interviewed. Julie, best wishes on your novel. Sounds like a suspenseful story.
Dear Gail Roughton Branan, as you very well know, I'm filled with tons of talent - and it's all in my nose, heh heh.
Greetings, Diane Craver! So glad you left the comforts of your new home to stop by this blazing inferno! Not too sure but I think Sophia's apartment may now be Ashes Ashes as well!
Good to see you, dear lady. :)
Larry Hammersley, my chemist out-of-space writer friend! Good to see you! How's things in your orbit, heh heh.
This sounds like a suspenseful book. I can't imagine finding a dead U.S. senator stashed in the trunk of one's car. Wow!
Gum drop island fudge. We gotta' hear more about that. Maybe a recipe.
I love stories by "cutting edge" Canadians.Good Interview, Julie. I like the way you stood up to I.B.
Hey, I like to travel to exotic cities for research too ... I made it to Hamtramck last week.
Greetings, Gail Pallotta! Wouldn't you rather find Gum Drop Island fudge in your car's trunk instead of the trunk of a...well, you know.
But the recipe of the fudge? Heh heh, that's a Gum Drop Island secret!
And ocean bound greetings to you, Mary F. Schoenecker! Delighted you enjoyed the interview. By the way, how is Rhett Butler these days? Heh heh.
And Christopher Hudson, Hamtramck must be one of the most exotic places in all of...wherever! Hope you didn't travel by plane! *gulp*
Ah, poor I B Nosey. I believe he thinks he is a hero in his own mind. Alas, poor fellow is, well, simply a very unofficial reporter. I must admit he keeps life interesting with his interviews and this one is one of the best, kind of. Julie, your book sounds like it's packed with action and may I ask if there's a romance brewing between the handsome detective and your strong heroine?? Best wishes!!
"Ashes, Ashes, we all fall down." Love these interveiws. Julie, sounds like a terrific read!
Gail, I would definitely send Colby over to save you. He's just that kind of guy.
Thank you Diane and Larry.
Gail P., I wouldn't mind that recipe either!
Mary, thank you! Of course I stood up to him in a very polite Canadian way. :)
Christopher, I've never been there. Definitely sounds exotic. :)
JQ, there definitely is a romance brewing. Those romantic suspense novels are the best kind, aren't they?
IB, thank you so much for doing this interview. It was very entertaining and your humorous style was much appreciated. :)
LoRee, it's a series, All Fall Down was the first one and Ashes Ashes is the second. Pocket Full of Posies will be released in the fall. Thank you so much!
Great interview, Julie, and Mr. Nosey. My favorite part is Julie offering I.B. coffee. ;)
LOL Shaylee Ann, I'm sure it was more like a steamer from Starbucks. ;)
Miss J.Q., what the dickens are you doing speeding around in that red car? Are you racing after those fellas in the big red truck? Please catch them, and tell them there's a fire at this apartment. And I...ahem...will allow them to handle that big dude Colby Black. I'm off to - you know- to attend another interview. Yeah, that's where I'm going. Away. Far, far away.
Ms. LoRee Perry and Shaylee Ann, thanks so much for enjoying a Feeling Nosey interlude in your busy day today. Heh heh.
Sounds like a fantastic clean read, something I'd like. Much success to you.
Great and interesting interview as always, I.B.!
Nosey, you shouldn't accuse Ms. Bellon of stealing Gum Drop Island chocolates. Shame-shame!
Look at the mess you're in now. Detective Colby Black is on your tail. RUNNNNNN!
Julie, I enjoyed the interview. Your book has a wonderful plot. The portions you shared piqued my curiosity, and your characters are interesting. I sensed the chemistry between them.
Thank you for sharing, and for facing up to the "nosey" questions. LOL.
Oh, puh-leeze, I B, I would not go chasing after the fire truck...anyway aren't they lime green nowadays? I am off on a jaunt to gather some more of those delicious Gum Drop Island chocolates. yummy!!
Thank you Cindy!
Laurean, I'm so glad you forged the way in facing up to the nosey questions. :) I enjoyed your interview as well. So glad to "meet" you!
One of the best and hilarious interviews I've read on the net!
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